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By Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 40
Excellence . . . . is a Habit “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is prevailing attitude.”Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State,Retired 4 Star General   As I see it. . . . . . . .Excellence . . . . a h...
By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & area authority!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 29
***Paul S Henderson, Residential Broker, RE/MAX Professionals, Realtor, preferred Tacoma Washington Agent and Broker Knowledge is powerbutenthusiasm pulls the switch! Ivern Bell Paul S Henderson, Residential Broker, RE/MAX Professionals, Realtor, preferred Tacoma Washington Agent and Broker To fi...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 19
  So far I have covered the FHA Waiting Period For FHA Mortgages After A Short Sale and the VA Waiting Period For VA Mortgages After A Short Sale.  Today I will cover the Fannie Mae Waiting Period For Conventional Mortgages After A Short Sale.  I have saved this one for last because the Fannie M...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
Comments 253
ActiveRain Launches New Home Page Design and Blog Featured ImagesOn Tuesday, September 20th, ActiveRain launched a new home page design, aimed to highlight blog images and additional content, as well as set the foundation for further remodel of the site. Our new design, puts an emphasis on a new ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 38
 If you're a buyer you might think Open Houses are the best thing ever!  You don't have to commit to any agent, you can be kind of leisurely in how you check things out.  That's all good, but there are some things worth knowing if you want to protect your own interests.1.  The agent holding the h...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 26
USDA Fee Reduction      USDA has announced that there will be a reduction in the cost home buyers incur beginning October 1, 2016.  Til now, USDA applicants paid (usually via a financed charge that added onto a loan, starting USDA buyers off underwater in equity) 2.75% of the purchase price of th...
By Jody Bruns, CDLP, CMMU, Top Colorado Mortgage Professional
(New American Funding/Divorce Lending & Real Estate Assoc)
Comments 15
A Mortgage Preapproval Letter vs. a PreQualified Letter - are either worth the paper they are written on? There's not a lot of difference between a prequalification letter and a preapproval letter. While there are some legal distinctions, in practice both terms refer to a letter from a lender tha...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing
(Napa Consultants)
Comments 70
Many agents are getting lazy about meeting new people face-to-face. They spend too much time in front of their computers on social media hoping to generate business or referrals. This represents an excellent opportunity for YOU to stand out from the crowd, if you are willing to venture forth into...
By Barry Owen
(Pareto Realty)
Comments 18
Well! To be honest, ALL real estate markets are like a box of chocolates. Just ask any REALTOR! At any given moment, someone is moving the cheese. Just when you think: “I’ve got this!” something happens to send everyone involved into a mortifying tail-spin. Some REALTORS might tell you this is on...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 82
ActiveRain Practices: Deceased Members Newer members of ActiveRain may be surprised to discover that some of the blogs they might read are by members who are no longer alive. The names of deceased members also appear on the Leaderboard. If you die tonight, you may be remembered by your last blog ...
By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Comments 53
Do you invest your time or do you waste your time? If you don’t know what you want or where you want to go you will most likely waste time. Before we talk about time management decide where you want to go. Where do you want to go? What are your values? What do you believe and what are your priori...
By Robin Hobbs, REALTOR
(Front Gate Realty )
Comments 50
 I've had the pleasure of working with some of the best agents in Madison and Gluckstadt, MS that make deals run very smoothly. They make this business a little brighter. On the other hand, some agents are arrogant, lazy... you know the type. You hope you never have a client call on one of THEIR ...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 28
It is hard to believe that fall is coming since it still in the 90s in Washington this week. The grass, which is turning brown from the lack of rain, looks more like mid summer but the calendar promises that it is fall.  The kids are back in school, which brings back the early morning traffic and...
By Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN
(Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 47
Sometimes... It's the Little Things that Help Sell a Home.As we escort our Buyers around the area, trying to find a home that grabs their attention, we find all kinds of excuses why they don't want THAT house.  Normally, it may be excuses like: The roof needs replaced The furnace is too old The b...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 48
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-September 11-September 17, 2016. I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series, I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, something about Real Estate, about a place or person! ...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 55
So here you are on ActiveRain and you have NO idea what to do with it all. How well I remember my first day at ActiveRain. I really do! I was scared to death to post anything, to comment, to do anything. But I was fascinated by the connections I could tell people had made with each other. And I c...
By Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR
(Real Estate and Beyond, LLC)
Comments 85
I AM SO TIRED OF BLOGGING ON ACTIVERAIN I had a thought in my head when I woke up this morning while having my first cup of coffee this morning: I AM SO TIRED OF BLOGGING ON ACTIVERAIN! Then, I was thinking of the following questions  Does anybody really read my blog posts? What am I going to wri...
By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 38
  Musings, 9/17/2016, by Patricia Feager While visiting Galveston, TX, I drove through many old neighborhoods that still had the white picket fence. One home with the white picket fence got my attention because there were cats to capture and I just had to take their picture. I watched as the whit...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 58
It's important for any real estate professional to  predictably handle different situations that arise with prospects and clients.  When they ask a question, it's good to be able to predict what is going to come out of our mouths - and to make sure it is appropriate.This is what scripts are for.A...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro
(Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 22
Life is a funny thing. When you're a kid, you think things will continue on forever without change and nothing could be further from the truth. The experience and view of life is radically eschewed for a kid. The first thing you know, a grandparent passes away. Then another one. Maybe a parent pa...